By Eseoghene Emuke
A former Delta State House of Assembly member representing Warri South Constituency 2, Chief Denis Omovie, is dead.
Omovie was appointed as the Director-General, Delta State Public and Private Properties Protection Agency by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, a position he held until his passage on late Tuesday night at a Warri hospital.
He was briefly sick. He was reported to have been last seen in public functions last weekend.
The deceased, who paternally and maternally hailed from Uvwie and Warri South LGAs, was also a Warri and Uvwie Chief.
He was also the Unuevworo (Traditional Prime Minister) of Ugboroke of Uvwie Kingdom and a prominent Chief of the Urhobo people of Warri.
Reacting to the passage of the former lawmaker, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta described the death of Omovie as shocking and unbelievable.
Governor Okowa in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Olisa Ifeajika, said he is greatly saddened by the death of the rennowed politician, who was one of the few lawmakers to have been elected four times to the Delta Assembly.
The Governor noted that late Omovie was a thoroughbred politician, who was very popular among his people, accounting for the reason he contested and won elections to represent them in the state assembly for four consecutive terms.
He said, “on behalf of the government and people of Delta, I mourn the passing of a gentleman and grassroots politician, Hon. Dennis Omovie, who passed on in Warri on Tuesday.
“The news of his passing was a terrible shock to me and the entire state. He was a gentleman-politician, and he distinguished himself in the service of his people and the state.
“As a member of the State Assembly, he chaired the Committees on Public Petition, Legal and Judicial Matters as well as Public Accounts, and he served diligently.
“My condolences go to the family, especially his wife, Justice Mabel Omovie of the State High Court, Asaba.”
Okowa prayed God to grant fortitude to those who mourn his demise and grant the deceased’s soul eternal rest.